Site of one of the monasteries and holy well founded by Saint Columba before founding the monastery on the Island of Iona
Iona, Scotland, United Kingdom2019-01-01T06:01:53-08:00
Site of monastery and mission center founded by Irish Saint Columba in 563 AD. Iona monastery became one of the greatest Celtic center for learning, missionary activity, and book production. The Book of Kells may have been written here. The monastery fell prey to Viking attacks as early as 794. The monks that escaped are said to have brought St. Columba’s remains to Ireland along with the manuscript of the Book of Kells which is on display at Trinity College, Dublin. The Iona Community, a Christian community of men and women is based on the island. The island continues to be a popular destination for pilgrims.